Compendium – Legal English qualifications

In this post, I offer a brief summary of two examinations available for (generally non-native) students of the law and legal professionals, and which might be of interest to translators too.

International Legal English Certificate (ILEC)

ILEC is a Cambridge ESOL examination (English for Speakers of Other Languages), developed in co-operation with TransLegal – a European firm specializing in legal English training, courses, and resources. The exam is a legal-oriented language qualification set at levels B2 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Test of Legal English Skills (TOLES)

The TOLES programme consists of a structured course of legal English training materials supported by three levels of professional exams. It is administered by a UK based company called Global Legal English Ltd which is a member of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales. To find out more:


You might also be interested in a recent guest post about the ALTA test in the United States.


If any readers know of any similar qualifications available in other languages, do write in and share it!

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